Monday, February 15, 2010

RIP Peter Manley

Peter Manley, assistant director and later film producer, passed away on November 19th aged 84. He began his career in the art department at Denham (he worked on The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp) but moved to the set as an assistant director in a move to work for Gainsborough Pictures. He served as 2nd asst on The Lost People (1949), Boys in Brown (1949), So Long at the Fair (1950) and a few Ken Annakin features including two for Disney. Ken Annakin gave him his first 1st assistant job on The Planter's Wife (1952) starring Claudette Colbert and Jack Hawkins.

As a 1st AD, he worked on some the UK's best output including The Colditz Story (1955), The One that Got away (1957), Innocent Sinners (1958) as well as a couple of early Carry On films. He became a production manager at Rank for The Spanish Gardener (1956) and worked in that capacity for a long time with Disney in the 1960s. He began freelancing and worked on the John Llewellyn Moxey directed horror Circus of Fear (1966) but then move to television for The Saint television series of the 1960s. He gained his first (associate) producer credit with Hammer on The Lost Continent, a personal favourite of mine. He continued to work as a producer or production supervisor in the 19070s and 1980s i television ("Out" & "Chillers") and film (Call of the Wild, Heat and Dust, The Chain).

Born: 11/28/1925, Cleethorpes, South Humberside, England, U.K.
Died: 11/19/2009, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England, U.K.

Peter Manley's western - associate producer:
Call of the Wild - 1972


  1. Can anyone confirm whether this is the Peter Manley who worked on The Slipper and the Rose ?

  2. Yes it is the same Peter Manley.

  3. Thank you. He was my god father and a good friend of my father. We lost touch.

  4. Thank you, Tom. Although we lost touch a long time ago, he was my god father. A good friend of my father but someone I hardly knew.

  5. He was my Uncle and I was fortunate enough to spend some happy times with him during the last few years of his life.